Life for a locum tenens provider often means hours spent on the road or at the airport, but traveling to an assignment doesn’t have to be drudgery. By following a few simple tips, it can be a stress-free, and even fun, rewarding experience.
- Communicate. Aisle or window seat? Emergency aisle for extra legroom? First-floor hotel room? At Consilium, you will always have a dedicated Assignment Coordinator to handle all of your arrangements. Let us know your preferences ahead of time. Ask for the name and number of your coordinator and build that relationship! We’re here to help you.
- Members Only. Enroll in airline frequent-flyer and hotel rewards programs, tell your travel coordinator about these reservations – the perks can add up to priority boarding, seating upgrades (Hello First Class!), baggage fee waivers, and hotel room upgrades.
- Be prepared. By always keeping a suitcase packed with basic necessities, you’ll be ready to go on a moment’s notice. Keep a second set of toiletries, shoes, lab coat, chargers, pens and paper, etc. to stay ready for a last minute or repeat trip. When it’s time to go, grab fresh clothes, your laptop or other necessities, and you’re ready to hit the road or tarmac!
- Avoid the rush. This may seem obvious to some, but all airlines now offer online check-in at the airline’s website 24-hours before your departure flight, and you can even print your boarding pass from home! Note your gate number and give yourself ample time to check bags and go through security.
- When technology fails. It’s a good idea to print your flight itinerary, hotel address, and worksite contact information on old-fashioned paper in case your smart phone or GPS decides to go on vacation without you.
- Phone a friend. Make sure you have the number for after-hours emergency travel assistance and your Account Manager’s direct cell number. Our goal is to make your travel stress-free, and while we can’t control everything, we do our best to be available 24/7 to assist you the best way possible.
- Stock up. Ask for a room with a kitchenette or a refrigerator/microwave and hit the local grocery store after you check in to stock up on snacks, beverages, sandwich makings, cereal, etc. No need to hit the drive-through or an expensive restaurant every night. If you’re driving to the assignment, pack a lunch or an ice-chest with your favorites.
- Local flavor. Ask around to find out where the locals eat. Chain restaurants can offer convenience and consistency, but you’ll be missing out on local culture or a great mom-and-pop experience. Websites and smart-phone apps such as Trip Advisor, Yelp, and Local Eats are a great source for local eateries and attractions. Also, ask the hotel for local delivery menus if you’d rather just hang out and relax at the hotel.
- First day. Know your route to the clinic or hospital and give yourself ample time to negotiate traffic and find parking. Some cities are messier than others, so do some light research. Bring the worksite phone number in case you need a local’s directions. Know who you’ll be meeting with at the site for orientation.
At Consilium, we truly appreciate our road-warriors who leave the comfort of their homes to provide quality healthcare that might otherwise be unavailable to an under served community. If there is anything we can do to make life on the road easier, we want to hear from you!
Written by Jessica Ferguson Logistics Manager for Consilium Staffing.